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Small businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, and today the number of people looking to enter self-employment in the UK is growing.

If you are one of those people with an idea or a passion to be your own boss, there’s now a free resource in Wrexham that can provide you with everything you need to start and grow.

The Wrexham Enterprise Hub was officially opened on Thursday by the Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, Ken Skates AM. The hub, which is run by Town Square Spaces Ltd for Business Wales and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Hub is now inviting applications for one of its 20 full-time funded spaces. Successful applicants will receive everything they need to grow and launch, including one-to-one mentoring support and a full-time desk for 12 months.

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Chester and Wrexham have united to encourage Channel 4 to set up its new headquarters in a unique proposal straddling the English-Welsh border.

Channel 4 will set up three bases around the UK, one being its HQ and two further creative hubs. Wrexham Glyndŵr University is supporting the bid, which is being led by Cheshire West & Chester Council and Wrexham County Borough Council, along with MPs, businesses and the wider community on both sides of the border.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the bid for Channel 4 to come to the English-Welsh border. Wrexham Glyndŵr provides excellent education specialism in the region within our School of Creative Arts and Centre for the Creative Industries – we are a dynamic and forward-looking region. Many of our graduates have set up their own businesses in the creative sector, and this is exactly what Channel 4 is looking for because their model is to commission work externally.”

The £5m Centre for Creative Industries at WrexhamGlyndŵr University is home to Calon FM, a community radio station with an FM licence, and students also gain experience working on Glyndwr.tv – an online channel covering live sessions from local artists.

The centre supports courses in art, music, journalism, media, TV, film and theatre and has become home to BBC Cymru Wales in North East Wales, providing new production facilities for its staff, guests and contributors.

The University also has a performing arts space, the Terry Hands Studio, as well as recording facilities, television production facilities, animation labs and more.

Professor Hinfelaar added: “This bid is built on the close relationships developed between councils, universities, MPs, businesses and the wider community on both sides of the border and we’re optimistic that Channel 4 will consider this unique offering.”

Macmillan Cancer Support’s Welsh information and support bus, Bronwen, will be visiting locations in Wrexham and Flintshire during the week commencing next week.

Bronwen comes with her friendly team of Macmillan information and support specialists, a team of frontline health and social care professionals with years of experience in caring and supporting people living with cancer.

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The bus hosts two electronic information screens, a private room for sensitive conversations and two iPads to enable people to find the information they need on the spot.

Macmillan would like to encourage anyone living nearby or simply passing by who have questions about cancer to come and say hello.

On Monday 14 May, Bronwen bus will be parked up in Queens Square on Rhosddu Road between 8.30am – 5.30pm.

The next day, Tuesday 15 May, visitors can drop into the bus outside Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre, from 8am to 5.30pm.

On Wednesday 16 May, the bus will be on Earl Street in Mold between 8am and 3pm.

The team will be available on Thursday 17 May on the High Street in Holywell between 9am and 3pm.

On the last day, Friday 18 May, Bronwen bus will be on Church Street in Flint and visitors can drop in from 9am to 3pm.

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 Focus Wales Take Over

 Thursday 10th & Friday 11th May 2018

Last week we broadcast 2 days of great live music, in collaboration with Glyndwr TV & Focus Wales. You can now listen & watch the sessions back – Just click on the links below

 

Glyndwr TVWatch the videos – click here

Friday 11th May

10am – Highlights from Thursday’s sessions

11am – National Pigeon Unity

12pm – Declan O’Donovan

1pm – DTSQ

2pm – nêhiyawak

3pm – MOJA

4pm – The City Gates

Thursday 10th May

10am – We chat to Focus Wales Co-founder Neal Thompson

11am –  Arlo Maverick

1pmIn The Endless Zanhyang We Are

2pmRespectfulChild

3pmAda Lea

5pm3Peat

A rebooted Wrexham Food and Drink Festival will return to the town this year – with the event featuring for the first time a beer hall and an extended afternoon and evening programme with live music.

The festival will return to Llwyn Isaf on the weekend of the 22nd of September and organisers promise that the event will be bigger and better, as we all greater value for money.

A team including Plât Bach’s Alex Jones, the Lemon Tree’s Sam Regan have taken the reins this year with the aim to expand the festival over the next three years. The ‘This Is Wrexham’ team are supporting the effort, with help from famous local brands including King Street Coffee Company and Wrexham Lager.

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